Casting org fetes Brillstein, Nicita

Artios awarded to industry vets

Martin Short delivered the Casting Society of America’s career achievement award to Bernie Brillstein Thursday at the org’s 17th annual Artios Awards, held at the Beverly Hilton.

Also feted was former casting director turned producer-director Wallis Nicita, who took home the CSA’s Hoyt Bowers Award. Kevin Costner made the presentation.

Brillstein takes credit for developing John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd and Gilda Radner. Along with Brillstein-Grey Entertainment chairman Brad Grey, he currently guides the careers of “Saturday Night Live” producer Lorne Michaels and previous “SNL” stars Martin Short, Adam Sandler, Dennis Miller, Molly Shannon and David Spade. He also manages Rob Lowe, among others.

Before ditching her casting director hat for a producer title in the mid-’90s, Nicita, who trained under casting vets Marion Dougherty and Juliet Taylor, secured casts for “WarGames,” “Masquerade,” “The Fabulous Baker Boys” and 28 other pics.

Prior to segueing into producing, Nicita served as VP of Talent for Warner Bros.’ feature department for three years.

And the winners are…

DRAMA

Debra Zane, “Traffic”

COMEDY

Avy Kaufman, “State and Main”

INDEPENDENT

John Papsidera, “Memento”

ANIMATED VOICEOVER (FEATURE)

Ruth Lambert, “The Emperor’s New Groove”

ANIMATED VOICEOVER (TV)

Mary V. Buck and Susan Edelman, “The Oblongs”

TELEFILM

Mali Finn, “61*”

MINISERIES

Mary V. Buck and Susan Edelman, “Life With Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows”

DRAMATIC EPISODIC

John Levey, Kevin Scott and Barbara Miller (casting executive), “The West Wing”

COMEDY EPISODIC

Nikki Valko and Ken Miller, “Ally McBeal”

PILOT DRAMA

April Webster, “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”

PILOT COMEDY

Bonnie Zane, “Ed”

DAYTIME EPISODIC

Mark Teschner, “General Hospital”

LEGIT DRAMA

Nancy Piccione, “Proof”

LEGIT COMEDY

Jim Carnahan, “The Man Who Came to Dinner”

LEGIT MUSICAL

Geoffrey Johnson and Vincent Liff, “The Producers”

CAREER ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

Bernie Brillstein

HOYT BOWERS AWARDS

Wallis Nicita

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